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February 23, 2004
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Don't Forget Your Girlfriends

A young wife sat on a porch in Waycross, Georgia on a summer day, drinking lemonade
and visiting with her Mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the
responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice
cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.
"Don't forget your girlfriends," she advised, swirling the ice cubes around in her
glass. "They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your
husband, no matter how much you love your children. Remember to go places with them
now and then; do things with them, and remember that "girlfriends" are not only your
friends, but your sisters, your daughters, and other relatives too. You'll need other
women. Women always do."
'What a funny piece of advice,' the young woman thought. 'Haven't I just gotten
married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now amarried woman, for goodness
sake, a grownup, not a young girl who needs girlfriends! Surely my husband and the
family we'll start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'
But she listened to her Mother; she kept contact with her girlfriends and made more
each year. As the years tumbled by,one after another, she gradually came to
understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature
work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, girlfriends are the mainstays of
her life. After 50 years of living in this world, here is what I know about
girlfriends:

Girlfriends bring you casseroles and scrub your bathroom when you need help.
Girlfriends keep your children and keep your secrets.
Girlfriends give advice when you ask for it. Sometimes you take it, sometimes you
don't.
Girlfriends don't always tell you that you're right, but they're usually honest.
Girlfriends still love you, even when they don't agree with your choices.
Girlfriends laugh with you, and you don't need canned jokes to start the laughter,
Girlfriends pull you out of jams.
Girlfriends help you get out of bad relationships.
Girlfriends help you look for a new apartment, help you pack, and help you move.
Girlfriends will give a party for your son or daughter when they get married or have
a baby, in whichever order that comes!
Girlfriends are there for you, in an instant and when the hard times come.
Girlfriends will drive through blizzards, rainstorms, hail,heat, and gloom of night
to get to you when your hour of need is desperate.
Girlfriends listen when you lose a job or a friend.
Girlfriends listen when your children break your heart.
Girlfriends listen when your parents' minds and bodies fail.
Girlfriends cry with you when someone you loved dies.
Girlfriends support you when the men in your life let you down.
Girlfriends help you pick up the pieces when men pack up and go.
Girlfriends rejoice at what makes you happy, and are ready to go out and kill what
makes you unhappy.

Times passes. Life happens. Distance separates. Children grow up.
Marriages fail. Love waxes and wanes. Hearts break. Careers end.
Jobs come and go. Parents die. Colleagues forget favors.
Men don't callwhen they say they will.
But girlfriends are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between
you.
A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley, and you have to walk it for yourself,
your girlfriends will be on the valley's rim,
cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and
waiting with open arms at the valley's end.
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you. Or come in and carry
you out.

My daughter, sister, sisters-in-law, mother-in-law, nieces, cousins, extended family,
and friends bless my life! The world wouldn't be the same without them, and neither
would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the
incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much
we would need each other Every day, we need each other still.

February 23, 2004
5:03 pm
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That was so nice. I just copied it into an email and sent it to all of my girlfriends that have been helping me through my hard time.
Thank you so much for sharing that. It is so true isn't it?

February 23, 2004
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Absolutely.

I received it from a friend and thought it would be good to get the message out.

February 23, 2004
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How right you are. I dont know what I'd do without mine!
K

February 23, 2004
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Thanks Marley!

February 24, 2004
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I have a group of girlfriends, that are as different as can be. But, I love them all... they have been there for me at my lowest. There is nothing in this world I would not do for any one of them.

I hope all of you have friends that are just as good to you, and they have been to me.

Z.

February 28, 2004
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I'm printing this right now to give to my "girls"!! A couple years ago, I had casual friends, but no real "girlfriends"!! Now I'm blessed with a very close few who fit this amazing description!! Thanks for sharing it!!

February 28, 2004
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oh yeah! those girls are always there through the worst times. they know and feel.

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